August 4, 2015 Subject:
A Pictorial Overview
Some detail in how water is used, made available, and its behavior in nature. But the most salient feature of this film is its pictorial aspect. Probably edited from multiple sources, dramatic scenes, some illustrating, close up, the technological steps in procurement and use of water, are the main impression I get from this way above average, entertaining film.
A definite watch, but don't watch this late at night. You might pee the bed.
July 21, 2006 Subject:
"Water" is mediocre
John Kieran, the narrator, was an American writer, amateur naturalist and popular radio and television personality when this film was made in 1953. Without this knowledge, you wouldn't think much of his narration. The photography was okay, nothing speical. It would have been better in color. In general, I would call this documentary mediocre.
September 26, 2004 Subject:
Let's hear it for our little friends!
Once again, John Kieran uses his witty speaking voice to talk to us about the many uses of water. I am not too sure of whether his films are comprised from other stock footage or there's a film crew that shot all of this. Nevertheless, this is all edited together, and Mr Kieran fumbles through the dialogue. it was cute the first couple of films, but now it's on the irritating side.
Reviewer:Harold R. Seifert, P.E.
June 3, 2003 Subject:
Some things never change
While the images are obviously dated, the concepts presented in this film are still valid today. With the growth in population and increased use of water since the film was produced it has become even more essential to life. Without going into scientific language, the film gives a good overview of the value of water.